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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 13, 2011 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Treatment

And I'll put in the extra vote on 12/5/71. Love that one. Also 7/17/76 and 5/9/77, but somehow that early one is just my favorite. Wonderful song. I'm not familiar with all the ones you mentioned; will have to hear them now, of course :-)

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jun 13, 2011 10:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Treatment

AR,I am with you as I prefer the 71'-72' style,Jerry's voice and just the sound and style of the band make it feel right,but a strong argument could be made that 5/9/77 is the quintessential version in that it is just absolutely beautiful,with the blend of Donna and Jerry's voices and Keith's haunting piano with Jerry's guitar,just make for a stunning rendition.Another point to be made about the earlier versions is the different lyrics,in a way they really change the dynamic of the song for me and I am really torn as to which way I prefer it,I find "when the words come out like an angry stream,you can hear yourself say things you could never mean" and "you gotta lot words you got to stand behind" to be strong lyrical statements and I could never quite sort a preference.